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CAMPAIGN UPDATES / APRIL - JUNE 2008

1)   Case Against Ex-Hallmark Slaughterhouse Worker Proceed
2)   Vick Dogfight Referee Jailed + Leo Has His Day
3)   Cavel International Ends EffortTo Reopen Horse Kill Plant
4)   Big Lawsuit Against Ringling Finally Moves TowardTrial
5)   House Panels Approves Ban on Shark Finning
6)   Acoustic System To Protect Manatees From Injuries And Death
7)   SHARK Sues Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
8)   Good News For Sheep
9)   KFC Canada Plans Humane Upgrades For Chickens It Kills
10) New Law Cracks Down On Animal Fighting And Puppy Mills
11) No Downers. No Exceptions. Not Enough?
12) Chicago Overturns Foie Gras Ban
13) Polar Bears Get Endangered Status + Trophy Hunters Can't Import Them
14) Senate Defeats Bid To Open ANWR To Oil Drilling
15) Winning Update On The Trader Joe's Campaign
16) Downer News: Big Meat Backs Downer Ban + More...
17) Australia Appoints Envoy To Stop Japan's Whale Hunt
18) Dogfighters Are Now Felons In Georgia
19) No Trial For Drilling Holes In Baby's Head - Deported Instead
20) Thank You Kinship Circle, In Memory Of Jax
21) Canada's Seal Hunt Ends With Lower Kill Numbers
22) Update: California Prevention Of FarmAnimal Cruelty Act
23) PETA's Latest Tactic: $1 Million for Fake Meat
24) Matchbox Twenty Cancels Performance at CFD Rodeo
25) More Huntingdon Life Sciences Pullouts
26) Therapy, Not Jail, For Boys Who Set Dog On Fire
27) Colorado Legislature Passes Bill To Phase Out Cruel Crates
28) GrayWolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing

1. Case Against Ex-Hallmark Slaughterhouse Worker Proceeds
DATE: 6/20/08
SOURCE: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/20/AR2008062002855.html

   
HSUS VIDEOS from Hallmark/Westland plant undercover investigation: tinyurl.com/yul2lw

EDITED FOR LENGTH
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — A former California slaughterhouse worker caught on undercover video abusing sick and injured cows has pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges.

Daniel Ugarte Navarro entered the plea in San Bernardino County Superior Court to two felony counts of animal cruelty. He also pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals. He could get up to a year in jail when sentenced on Aug. 25.

The video footage of Navarro prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history. The other man charged in the case, Rafael Sanchez Herrera, 34, an illegal immigrant, accepted a plea agreement March 21 that sent him to jail for six months. He will be deported after serving his time.

ALSO SEE:
Plea entered in slaughterhouse case
Judge Won't Drop Charges Against Hallmark/Westland Worker

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
3/2/08: I'm Mad. Downer Ban? USDA Says Forget It
3/2/08: No Plea Deal For Hallmark Animal Torturers
2/23/08: USDA-Certified Cruel: Downers Dragged, Shocked, Rammed

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2. Vick Dogfight Referee Jailed + Leo Has His Day
VICK'S DOGFIGHTING REFEREE GETS 13-1/2 YEARS IN JAIL
DATE: 6/18/08
SOURCE: Associated Press

VICK'S DOGS: Terry Kendrick, who authorities say sometimes refereed fights involving former NFL star Michael Vick's dogfighting operation has been sentenced to 13-1/2 years in prison.

BEATEN-DOWN DOG FROM VICK CASE HAS HIS DAY
DATE: 6/17/08
SOURCE: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25214356/

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Pit bull rescued from famous dogfighting ring now helps cancer patients. Leo — rescued from heavy chains that confined him as one of the pit bulls in former NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting ring — is a lover, not a fighter.


Leo now happily frolics in a clown collar as he makes the rounds at the Camino Infusion Center, where he brings comfort to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy...

Six months ago, Leo should have been dead. When officers raided Vick's Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, Va., last year, they found dogs, some injured and scarred, chained to buried car axles. Forensic experts discovered remains of dogs that had been shot with a .22-caliber pistol, electrocuted, drowned, hanged or slammed to the ground for lacking a desire to fight. Vick, an All-Pro quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was suspended indefinitely and is serving 23 months in federal prison...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
Jan-Mar 2008 UPDATES: The Dogs That Vick Hurt
• Sept-Dec 2007 UPDATES: Vick's Dogs...You Helped Save Their Lives
10/29/07: KC DIGEST - Ensure Vick's Dogs Are Spared, As Promised
9/30/07: Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges
8/28/07: Salvation For Vick's Dogs?
8/21/07: Sick Vick Updates & Feedback
8/19/07: No Deal For Sick Vick's Dogfighting Crimes
8/2/07: Michael Vick Dogfighting Files: Action & Updates
June 2007 DIGEST: Massive K-9 Grave Found On Michael Vick's Property

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3. Cavel International Ends Effort To Reopen Horse Kill Plant
DATE: 6/17/08
SOURCE: stltoday.com/stltoday/news/illinoisnews/story/541e26f5711af96576001ea2?OpenDocument

EDITED FOR LENGTH
DeKalb's Cavel plant, the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S., ran out of legal options for reopening when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its owner's challenge of an Illinois law that closed the facility last fall. An attorney for Cavel International Inc. said the company will end its attempt to reopen its DeKalb, Ill., facility by judicial means...

The plant, which at one point slaughtered about 40,000 to 60,000 horses annually, has been closed since last fall after the federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the ban... The plant could legally reopen to kill horses for production of pet food, but Calabrese and others say there is little demand in the pet food industry for horse meat. The plant was the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States. Two others, both in Texas, stopped operations last year after a New Orleans federal court upheld a 1949 Texas law that banned the sale of horse meat.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
10/7/07: Horses Agonize In Mexico As Federal Slaughter Ban Stalls
3/29/07: One Horseplant Left...And Now There Are None?
10/6/06: Give Slaughter-Bound Horses A Second Chance

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4. Big Lawsuit Against Ringling Finally Moves Toward Trial
DATE: 6/17/08
SOURCE: www.lasvegasnow.com/global/story.asp?s=8500317
www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=8514941&nav=168X

BACKGROUND
2000: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, and former Ringling "barn man" Tom Rider file a lawsuit against Ringling Bros. Circus (world's biggest animal act with over $100 million in revenue annually) under the Endangered Species Act for its cruelty to Asian elephants. 2007: Federal judge rules the animal cruelty case against Ringling may proceed. Documents uncovered during lawsuit reveal Feld Entertainment, the vast empire that owns Ringling, permits its employees to beat, chain and wound endangered Asian elephants with bullhooks. The circus is accused of forcibly removing pre-weaned baby elephants from mothers and beating them into submission.

EDITED FOR LENGTH
... Animal welfare groups filed the suit eight years ago and it took all this time to finally get it to court. The trial is set for October. It will give the animal groups a chance to finally prove what they have alleged for many years — that life in a traveling circus is no life at all for animals, especially endangered Asian Elephants...

"They are making these elephants bleed for our entertainment. That's absolutely wrong," ex-Ringling worker Tom Rider said. Rider and other ex-Ringling employees have told investigators horror stories about elephants whose hides are scarred by beatings, open wounds, untreated infections, rampant tuberculosis, animals that died and babies ripped away from their mothers, telltale signs of fear and emotional turmoil generated by trainers who use so-called bullhooks to teach the elephants who's boss and internal memos written by Ringling's own animal experts that could bolster the testimony of the whistleblowers...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: The Big Con:Ringling Bros. Circus

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5. House Panels Approves Ban on Shark Finning
DATE: 6/11/08
SOURCE: www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=cqmidday-000002894918

SHARK FINNING: Fins of living sharks are severed before fishermen discard their mutilated bodies in the ocean. Shark fin soup is an Asian "delicacy."

EDITED FOR LENGTH
A bill intended to crack down on the harvest of sharks for their fins was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee... The measure would strengthen enforcement of an existing federal prohibition on removing the fins of a shark and discarding the carcass (first established in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000). But the law now allows some types of transport vessels to go to sea and purchase fins from other vessels. The bill would close this loophole, making it illegal for vessels to transfer fins at sea without the corresponding carcass.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 6/23/05: Recipe For Cruelty - Shark Fin Soup
• 11/16/00: Shark Finning Bill Introduced In U.S. House

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6. Acoustic System To Protect Manatees From Injuries And Death
DATE: 6/11/08
SOURCE: www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=89036410157

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Fort Pierce, Florida — Researchers at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University have developed and improved upon a unique acoustic system designed to keep manatees from being injured or killed by flood gates and boat locks. The "Manatee Acoustic Detection Sensor Protection System" is composed of an array of unique acoustic transmitters and receivers that provide non-contact detection of manatees as they pass through the gates of the lock. When a manatee blocks the acoustic beams, which they cannot hear, the gates stop and remain open long enough to allow them to pass through safely...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 2/2/05: Help Manatees Before It's Too Late
• 5/25/03: Urgent Manatee Alert
• 5/16/03: New Manatee Protection Zones
• 11/27/02: Stop Manatee-Boat Collision Deaths
• 7/21/02: Don't Let Manatees Be Delisted

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7. SHARK Sues Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
DATE: 6/10/08
SOURCE: www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=205211&src=2

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago against Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association — claiming it intentionally lied in an effort to remove SHARK's videos from YouTube. According to the lawsuit, SHARK had posted more than a dozen videos of activities at rodeos...rodeo hands using electric prods on horses to encourage their bucking, a prohibited activity according to the lawsuit.

The rodeo group then contacted YouTube, claiming the videos were copyrighted and had YouTube take them down... Later, SHARK's lawyers contacted YouTube and explained the videos were not copyrighted by the rodeo group and they were reposted. The lawsuit claims the rodeo group's action amounted to intentional interference of a contract between SHARK and YouTube as well as an infringement of SHARK's free speech rights...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: The Myth Of The Cowboy
6/19/07: Urge AT&T To Hang-Up Rodeo Sponsorship
11/20/06: Cingular & Coke: Rodeo Is Bad For Business
1/23/06: Starbucks & Rodeo: Cruelty In Your Coffee

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8. Good News For Sheep

MORE RETAILERS TO BOYCOTT AUSTRALIAN WOOL
DATE: 6/5/08
SOURCE: www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/200805/s2236502.htm

PETA has convinced two Swedish retailers to boycott Australian wool producers who use mulesing on their sheep. AB Lindex which has almost 350 retail outlets in Europe and RNB Retail and Brands, which has 450 shops in 12 countries say they will only sell wool products from Australian farmers who refuse to use the procedure. Mulesing involves cutting the skin from the sheep's back-side to prevent fly strike..

SCORE! ADIDAS HELPS AUSTRALIAN SHEEP
DATE: 6/4/08
SOURCE: blog.peta.org/archives/2008/06/score_adidas_he.php

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Adidas has decided to boycott all wool from mulesed lambs — including those mulesed using clips. Frank Henke, Global Director of Social and Environmental Affairs for Adidas, told PETA: "Adidas has given a clear briefing to its development and sourcing teams to not use merino wool from sources where mulesing practices are applied. Clip-mulesing is also rejected by our internal policy. [W]e would select another material unless we obtain clear confirmation from the source that mulesing practices were stopped..."

ANOTHER FASHION GIANT DUMPS AUSSIE WOOL
DATE: 4/29/08
SOURCE: www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23609782

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Miami-based Perry Ellis International...said it would direct vendors not to buy wool from suppliers using mulesing. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said "dozens" more global companies were poised to join the growing list of retailers calling for Australian farmers to switch to alternatives to traditional mulesing and clip-mulesing...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
10/30/04: The Mutilated Sheep Behind Australian Wool

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9. KFC Canada Plans Humane Upgrades For Chickens It Kills
DATE: 6/1/08
SOURCE: blog.peta.org/archives/2008/06/historic_victor.php

EDITED FOR LENGTH
KFC Canada agreed to this historic new animal welfare plan following seven months of closed-door negotiations with PETA...
• Phase in purchases of all chickens from suppliers that use controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK) -- least cruel poultry
  slaughter.
• Make a vegan faux-chicken item available at most KFC restaurants in Canada.
• Improve its animal welfare criteria to reduce broken bones and other injuries.
• Urge its suppliers to adopt...improved lighting, lower stocking density and ammonia levels, and a phase-out
  of growth-promoting drugs and breeding practices that painfully cripple chickens.
• Form an animal welfare advisory panel to monitor changes and recommend further advancements.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
2/5/08: Tyson Under Fire For Kill Floor Cruelty
4/16/05: KFC Cruelty, Business As Usual


DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle believes a vegan lifestyle is the ultimate way to end animal cruelty and other devastating impacts of animal agriculture. While suffering may be slightly reduced, humane upgrades cannot (and never will) eliminate: Confinement, deprivation, drugging, manhandling, brutal slaughter, dismemberment, and consumption.

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10. New Law Cracks Down On Animal Fighting And Puppy Mills
DATE: 5/22/08
SOURCE: community.hsus.org/humane/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=24198357

EDITED FOR LENGTH
The U.S. Senate followed the lead of the House of Representatives and overrode President Bush's veto of the Farm Bill, ushering in key new protections for animals. The final bill...bans the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills for commercial sale in the U.S. The law spares young, unweaned, and unvaccinated pups from harsh, long-distance transport — during which they are exposed to extreme temperatures and often die in cargo holds — and will keep foreign breeders from adding to the tragic overpopulation of pets in this country.

The Farm bill also adds a provision to federal law to make almost any form of animal fighting a federal felony. It's now a federal crime to knowingly possess or train animals for fighting, and the maximum prison time for a single violation...goes from three years to five years.... The law also authorizes an increase in potential fines — quadrupled from $2,500 to $10,000 — for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, fines that haven't been upgraded in more than 20 years...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: Born In A Puppy Mill

FACT SHEET: Fatal Fights

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11. No Downers. No Exceptions. Not Enough?
DATE: 5/20/08
SOURCE: hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2008/05/usda-downers.html

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced his agency would implement a no-downer policy for cattle in the United States... It's a direct reaction to the undercover hidden camera investigation The HSUS conducted at the Hallmark/Westland slaughter plant in Chino, Calif...

The loophole in the current rule, which allows USDA inspectors to approve downer cattle for slaughter if they've passed a first inspection, was a bad policy... It provided incentive for cash-hungry farmers and dealers to bring ailing animals to slaughterhouses, and plant workers to use cruel tactics to rouse downers, in the hopes that they would pass inspection...

This time, the policy must be crafted and executed properly...
• USDA said it would take a couple months to implement the rule. We are concerned about this unnecessary delay...
• A ban on slaughtering downed cows is critically important policy, but it's not enough. We need specific federal
  criminal prohibitions for mistreatment of cattle and other livestock — such as repeated and sustained use of electric
  shock on animals, ramming them with heavy machinery, or using high-pressure water hoses in their mouths
  to simulate drowning...
• A no-downer policy should apply to pigs and other livestock.
• We also need video cameras installed at plants. USDA inspectors must review the videotape...

ALSO SEE:
USDA to Ban 'Downer' Beef / Agency Seeks to Allay Nation's Fears About Food Supply
New ag rule closing downer cow slaughter exception


KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
3/2/08: I'm Mad. Downer Ban? USDA Says Forget It
3/2/08: No Plea Deal For Hallmark Animal Torturers
2/23/08: USDA-Certified Cruel: Downers Dragged, Shocked, Rammed

FACT SHEET: These Are Downed Animals

FACT SHEET: Horton Hears A Cow

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12. Chicago Overturns Foie Gras Ban
DATE: 5/14/08
SOURCE: www.enewspf.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3190&Itemid=2
afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jW8ntO3TvkXbNdob9tirBGsYMwEQ



Ducks become so ill from forced feedings, they cannot lift their heads. Photo courtesy of Farm Sanctuary, www.farmsanctuary.org

EDITED FOR LENGTH
CHICAGO — Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, today issued a statement on the Chicago City Council's decision to repeal the ordinance that banned foie gras in 2006...

Julie Janovsky, Farm Sanctuary's director of campaigns: "By repealing the foie gras ordinance, Chicago City Council has effectively endorsed animal cruelty. When the foie gras ban originally passed by a landslide vote, Chicagoans were proud to live in a city that took a stand for humanity. To reverse a compassionate and admirable decision under pressure from political bullies and special interests shows a cowardly brand of cynicism unlike any we have seen in our efforts to give voice to the most vulnerable beings in our society — animals raised for food. By turning their backs on progress, the members of the City Council who voted for this repeal, the Mayor and the Illinois Restaurant Association jeopardized the chance for real change..."

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13. Polar Bears Endangered Status + Trophy Hunters Can't Import
DATE: 5/14/08
SOURCE: Humane Society of the United States, humanesociety@hsus.org

A polar bear and her cubs walked near Churchill, Canada, last November. (Associated Press/file)

The Interior Department announced that polar bears will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. What you may not have heard is that the decision will save these majestic creatures from the bullets of American trophy hunters. The listing closes an unacceptable loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a loophole exploited by wealthy sport hunters who killed and then imported more than 900 polar bears from Canada as trophies over the past decade. The long-term prospects for polar bears remain uncertain because of global warming, but thanks to this decision, these animals will face one less threat to survival.

ALSO SEE:
Polar bears get protection
U.S. moves to protect polar bear


KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
8/27/07: Polar Bears Are Not Trophies
6/1/07: Uncertain Fate For Polar Bears

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14. Senate Defeats Bid To Open ANWR To Oil Drilling
DATE: 5/13/08
SOURCE: www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/36953.html

EDITED FOR LENGTH
WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a Republican energy plan that promised to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, an option that was part of an overall package to increase domestic energy development. Instead, the Senate voted 97-1 to suspend oil deposits in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve while prices at the pump continue to climb...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
3/18/05: Rape Of A Refuge: Stop The Oil Rigs

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15. Winning Update On The Trader Joe's Campaign
DATE: 5/9/08
SOURCE: www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/alert_trader_joes08.html

EDITED FOR LENGTH
After investigative footage obtained by Farm Sanctuary and the most recent undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals that exposed abhorrent and inexcusable cruelty administered by the egg farm Gemperle, Trader Joe's has finally decided to end the sale of eggs produced by this company. The retailer had previously cut Gemperle as a supplier for its own brand of eggs, but continued to offer eggs produced by Gemperle under other labels... Thank Trader Joe's for their recent decision to end purchases from Gemperle, and urge them to end all sales of eggs produced from battery caged hens:
www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/eggs/trader_joes.html

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
6/30/05: Cruelty In A Carton At Trader Joe's

DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle believes a vegan lifestyle is the ultimate way to end animal cruelty and other devastating impacts of animal agriculture. While suffering may be slightly reduced via more cage space, enforced anti-cruelty laws, "humane slaughter," etc. — these upgrades cannot eliminate: Confinement, deprivation, drugging, manhandling, brutal slaughter, dismemberment, and consumption.

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16. Downer News: Big Meat Backs Downer Ban + More...

   

Every year thousands of downed cows are dragged onto trucks and taken to USDA approved slaughterhouses. This cow (LEFT PHOTO), like most downed animals, came from an industrialized dairy operation. Photos courtesy of Farm Sanctuary, www.farmsanctuary.org

CAUGHT ON TAPE...DOWNED ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE PANHANDLE
DATE: 5/8/08
SOURCE: www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=8293027



EDITED FOR LENGTH
A claim of abuse and neglect of downed cattle in the Panhandle Region is a hot topic for the United States Humane Society. The Humane Society says they sent investigators across the country including here in Hereford as well as Clovis to affirm accusation of animal abuse. The owner of the Hereford Livestock Exchange says the least they could do is tell him the news before it hit the press. The Humane Society says their goal was only to document the state of animal care and not single out livestock auctions...

TWO OF NATION'S LARGEST BEEF PROCESSORS CITED FOR HUMANE VIOLATIONS
DATE: 4/30/08
SOURCE: abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4753608

EDITED FOR LENGTH
...Audits by the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service resulted in "noncompliance" determinations for a National Beef Packing Co. plant in Dodge City, Kan., and a Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Fresno, Calif., according to information obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Overall, the audits of 18 slaughterhouses found that some cattle were not being stunned properly on the first try, others were subject to overcrowding, and others had to be electrically prodded to get them to move. FSIS conducted the audits after humane handling violations at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Chino, Calif., led to the largest beef recall in the nation's history...

BIG MEAT REVERSES POSITION - BACKS TOTAL DOWNER COW BAN
DATE: 4/22/08
SOURCE: abcnews.go.com/Politics/WireStory?id=4705531&page=1

EDITED FOR LENGTH
In a significant reversal, major meat and dairy industry groups backed a total ban on so-called downer cattle from entering the food supply. Calls for such a ban have come from watchdog groups and some lawmakers in the wake of the massive beef recall from a Southern California slaughterhouse in February, but industry had resisted... American Meat Institute, National Meat Association and National Milk Producers Federation announced they have petitioned the Agriculture Department to enact a total ban...

USDA HIDES DOWNER ABUSE
DATE: 4/17/08
SOURCE: abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4670998

EDITED FOR LENGTH
The head of the union that represents 6,000 federal food inspectors told a congressional committee that the Agriculture Department tried to intimidate him and other employees who reported violations of regulations... Union chief Stan Painter said that following a mad cow disease scare in 2003, he told superiors that new food safety regulations for slaughtered cattle were not being uniformly enforced. Painter said he was told to drop the matter, and when he didn't, was grilled by department officials and then placed on disciplinary investigative status...

He said that supervisors tell workers to "let the system work" rather than cite slaughterhouses for violations... Painter made the allegations at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform domestic policy subcommittee, which was looking into slaughterhouse practices following humane violations at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Chino, Calif., which led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history...

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17. Australia Appoints Envoy To Stop Japan's Whale Hunt
DATE: 5/2/08
SOURCE: theage.com.au/news/national/diplomat-task-stopping-hunt/2008/05/01/1209235059171.html

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Kevin Rudd has selected Labor mate Sandy Hollway to be Australia's first whaling envoy, ending a desperate five-month search for someone willing to confront Japan over its whale slaughter... Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Environment Minister Peter Garrett enthusiastically announced in December that an imminent envoy appointment would be a key part of the Government's strategy to end whale hunting in the Southern Ocean...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
12/3/07: Stop The Whale Killers - Japan, Norway, Iceland

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18. Dogfighters Are Now Felons In Georgia
DATE: 5/7/08
SOURCE: www.wfxl.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=131147

EDITED FOR LENGTH
ALBANY,GA. — Governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law that makes dog fighting a felony in Georgia punishable with a minimum $5,000 fine and one to five years in prison... Albany Animal Control says the Humane Society offers a reward that leads to the arrest or conviction of this illegal activity and hopes the community comes forward to help combat this underground activity.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: Fatal Fights

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19. No Trial For Drilling Holes In Baby's Head - Deported Instead
DATE: 5/7/08
SOURCE: aspcacommunity.ning.com/group/helpinganimals/forum/topic/show?id=658300%3ATopic%3A365947

LEFT: Severino Cruz, Baby's killer.
RIGHT: Baby, a three-year-old pit bull killed with a power drill.


FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE
Severino Cruz, accused of boring holes into the head of a pit bull, Baby, could have been jailed for five years, with a $5000 fine, if convicted of Class D felony malicious maiming or killing of an animal. INSTEAD...

EDITED FOR LENGTH
Severino Cruz is likely to be deported. During a lengthy hearing, Judge Joseph Doherty said the animal abuse allegations against Cruz "shock the conscience," and refused Cruz's request for a special form of probation... After the hearing, judicial marshals led Cruz out of the courtroom and planned to transfer him to a federal detention facility in Hartford. Cruz's attorney, Deron Freeman. said his client probably will be deported to Mexico in the next two weeks or so...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
4/2/08: Baby's Final Cries Must Not Be Forgotten

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20. Thank You Kinship Circle, In Memory Of Jax
DATE: 5/3/08
SOURCE: Patrick Coleman, wpcoleman@gmail.com

KINSHIP CIRCLE received the "thank you" below from Dr. Patrick Coleman, the Lakeview, New Orleans resident whose dog Jax was needlessly slaughtered by police in his fenced backyard.

From Patrick Coleman, wpcoleman@gmail.com — Thank you so much for the information posted regarding Jax, my 4 year old Doberman, who was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a false burglary alarm at my home on April 14, 2008. With so many people writing letters, blogging, posting... I only hope that his death brings about change as his life did for myself and everyone who met him.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart in memory of Jax,
W. Patrick Coleman IV, M.D.; 4425 Conlin Street; Metairie, LA 70006
Office: 504-455-3180; Fax: 504-885-2512

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
4/17/08 - New Orleans Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog

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21. Canada's Seal Hunt Ends With Lower Kill Numbers
DATE: 4/29/08
SOURCE: www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/21/2222293.htm?section=world

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans has officially closed the last and largest phase of the seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador. Officials say participation for this year's hunt was low, mainly because of the high price of fuel and the low price of pelts, which were selling for about half of what they were a year ago.

Hunting conditions were far from ideal, with heavy sea ice and snow hampering the sealers. At least three boats were abandoned over the past week because of ice, and nearly a dozen others required assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard. Federal officials say only about 80% of this year's quota of 275,000 seals were taken.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: Blood Prints On Ice
Canada's Disgrace - Stop The Seal Slaughter

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22. Update: California Prevention Of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
DATE: 4/27/08
SOURCE: Michael Markarian, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, mmarkarian@hsus.org
Humane Society of the U.S., www.humanesociety.orgwww.michaelmarkarian.org


Photos used in collage: Farm Sanctuary, www.farmsanctuary.org

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We just got word from the Secretary of State that the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty initiative has been certified for the November 2008 statewide ballot... This measure would ban veal crates, gestation crates, and battery cages on industrial factory farms. It would improve the lives of millions of farm animals in California who suffer intensive confinement in cages and crates...and it would change the face of agribusiness in America...

We need a strong show of support...to win a major victory this November:
Endorsements are critical to influencing voters: humanecalifornia.org/endorsements/index.php

Getting out the vote: Let Californians know about this initiative.

Fundraising is our most crucial challenge: The opposition has pledged to raise and spend at least $10 million to defeat this initiative. Californians for Humane Farms needs as much money as we can raise in order to communicate the "Vote Yes" message to millions of California voters... You can send a check directly to:
Californians for Humane Farms
5429 Madison Ave; Sacramento, CA 95841
Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act: www.humanecalifornia.org

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
Don't Blow This Landmark Chance For Farmed Animals

DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle believes a vegan lifestyle is the ultimate way to end animal cruelty and other devastating impacts of animal agriculture. While suffering may be slightly reduced via more cage space, enforced anti-cruelty laws, "humane slaughter," etc. — these upgrades cannot eliminate: Confinement, deprivation, drugging, manhandling, brutal slaughter, dismemberment, and consumption.

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23. PETA's Latest Tactic: $1 Million for Fake Meat
DATE: 4/21/08
SOURCE: www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/us/21meat.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

We're all for getting animals out of slaughterhouses! Kinship Circle

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...said it would announce plans on for a $1 million prize to the "first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012."

The idea of getting the next Chicken McNugget out of a test tube is not new. For several years, scientists have worked to develop technologies to grow tissue cultures that could be consumed like meat without the expense of land or feed and the disease potential of real meat... The tissue, once grown, could be shaped and given texture with additives and structural agents now used to give products like soy burgers a more meaty texture.

New Harvest, a nonprofit organization formed to promote the field, says, "Because meat substitutes are produced under controlled conditions impossible to maintain in traditional animal farms, they can be safer, more nutritious, less polluting and more humane than conventional meat..."

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

WARNING: Meat Kills

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24. Matchbox Twenty Cancels Performance at CFD Rodeo
DATE: 4/12/08
SOURCE: Janet Enoch, shark.central@gmail.com
archive.constantcontact.com/fs090/1101102704963/archive/1102021699645.html

   

LEFT: A horse is slammed face first into the ground. RIGHT: Abusing baby animals: another example of "entertainment" at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000454

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Matchbox Twenty will not perform at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo after viewing SHARK's video footage of last year's CFD Rodeo and other rodeos. A press release sent out today, April 10, states:

Regrettably, Matchbox Twenty will not be able to perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 18. After careful consideration it was decided that the participating in this event would directly contradict the mission statement of SIDEWALK ANGELS FOUNDATION, our non profit organization.

The other members of matchbox twenty support this decision and while we understand a great deal of effort went into planning this show, and apologize to all fans who purchased tickets, we ask that they please understand it would be impossible for us to put ourselves in the position of making money from what we believe to be the mistreatment of animals.
Sincerely, Rob and Marisol Thomas and The Sidewalk Angels Foundation

For more information about this issue, and to view the videos that inspired MB20's decision, go to: www.ShameOnCheyenne.com

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25. More Huntingdon Life Sciences Pullouts



PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS WON'T FLY ANIMALS FOR RESEARCH
DATE: 04/08
SOURCE: www.shac.net/ARCHIVES/2008/april/15.html

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Pakistan International Airways (PIA) made an ethical statement and vow not to transport animals for experimentation. You may remember that in 2005, SHAC were made aware that PIA were involved in the transportation of animals for research to HLS. Rashid Farookee, who was General Manager of PIA told protesters that they had previously shipped beagles from JFK airport to Manchester, for HLS. Haider Ali-Khan, PIA's Cargo Manager stated: "Shipping beagles is a lucrative $1 million business which broke no laws." We are pleased to see PIA have now taken an ethical stance on this... PIA's statement: "This is to certify and confirm that PIA does not carry animals for experimental purposes on its global network. Furthermore, we undertake we shall not involve ourselves in the transportation of animals worldwide for testing purposes, as an ethical policy." Salah Uddin, Director

YORPOWER PULLS PLUG ON HLS
DATE: 4/9/08
SOURCE: info@shac.net

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Another company vows not to work with HLS. YorPower makes a statement: "I can confirm that neither Yorpower, Power Plant Services nor our sister company Techknol Power Generation perform any work on behalf of Huntingdon Life Sciences and the current management have no plans for future dealings with them." Guy Phoenix, Director YorPower

SHAC - THE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE?
DATE: 523/08
SOURCE: www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i79d689a151cb745af84ee412471864f9

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Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights to "Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty," a spec script by first-time screenwriter Adam Sachs. The script — described as a quirky, elevated comedy in the vein of "Thank You for Smoking" — centers on an unlikely friendship between a lonely reporter and an outspoken teen who bond during an animal-rights protest.

Sachs graduated from Harvard last year with a major in earth and planetary science; and had been writing for the Harvard Lampoon. The writer said he penned a humor piece for a Web site that caught the attention of Energy Entertainment's Adam Marshall...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACT SHEET: Who Is Huntingdon Life Sciences?

FACT SHEET: Inside Huntingdon Life Sciences, 2005

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26. Therapy, Not Jail, For Boys Who Set Dog On Fire
DATE: 4/8/08
SOURCE: www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=8134390

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last summer five boys, ranging in age from 9-years-old to 14-years-old, were charged with animal cruelty after investigators said they doused a dog with gasoline and then lit it on fire. The dog was later found dead in an alley. The dog, nicknamed Jane Dog died, was later the poster pet for animal cruelty cases, generating attention worldwide.

In court, the boys learned they will not face any jail time, but they will be required to go through counseling and evaluations as well as regular check ups with a probation officer... Police originally charged all five boys with aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony. Before the trial the boys had been on house arrest since last June.

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
7/1/07: Boys Set Gasoline-Soaked Dog On Fire

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27. Colorado Legislature Passes Bill To Phase Out Cruel Crates
DATE: 4/7/08
SOURCE: www.hsus.org/farm/news/ournews/colo_congress_historic_farm_bill_040708.html

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House today approved landmark legislation to phase out veal crates and gestation crates in Colorado. The measure came at the recommendation of an unlikely coalition of Colorado-based animal agriculture organizations and Humane Society of the United States... Florida, Arizona and Oregon have prohibited gestation crates. Arizona has prohibited veal crates. Nearly 800,000 Californians have signed petitions to place a measure on the November ballot to prohibit veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

FACTS: Dairy & Veal Farms

FACTS: Poultry & Egg Factories

FACTS: The Pig Industry

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28. Gray Wolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing
DATE: 2/29/08
SOURCE: www.livescience.com/animals/080329-ap-wolves-hunted.html



Gray wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains, now removed from federal protection, may soon be hunted regularly. Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, US Fish & Wildlife Service

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal Endangered Species Act protection of the wolves was lifted in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, giving those states management of the estimated 1,500 gray wolves in the region...

Even though environmentalists plan to sue the federal government next month to restore wolf protections, hunts are already being scheduled by state wildlife agencies to reduce the wolf population to between 900 and 1,250. Idaho hunters will be allowed to kill between 100-300 of the animals this fall under a plan approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission... On Friday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a bill to allow ranchers, outfitters and pet owners to kill wolves harassing livestock...

KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:
• 4/27/04: Western Gray Wolves Under Attack

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